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Advocacy & Research
January 2014
SNAP president Michael Chirieleison testified at a public hearing in Harrisburg soliciting comments on Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania proposal to bring health care reform and health insurance expansion to Pennsylvania. The testimony includes suggestions for improving the Healthy Pennsylvania proposal.
October 2013
SNAP asks members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation to urge their colleagues serving on the congressional budget conference committee to protect the state’s private safety-net hospitals during their deliberations by rejecting proposals to reduce Medicaid and Medicare payments to hospitals.
July 2013
SNAP sends a message to members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation asking them to support H.R. 1920, the DSH Reduction Relief Act of 2013. That bill calls for delaying implementation of Affordable Care Act-mandated cuts in Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments (Medicare DSH) and Medicaid DSH payments for two years, until FY 2016.
July 2013
SNAP submits comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on its proposed regulation reducing future allotments to states for Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments (Medicaid DSH). In the letter, SNAP expresses support for some aspects of the proposal, offers recommendations for improving CMS’s proposed methodology, and expresses support for the administration’s budget proposal to delay all Medicaid DSH cuts for one year.
July 2013
In a letter to Department of Public Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth, SNAP urges the state to establish an observation rate in the state’s Medical Assistance program; to require HealthChoices managed care organizations to establish observation rates as well; and to ensure the adequacy of those observation rates.